There are several types of programs and exchanges with varying lengths and objectives that are designed to meet the diverse interests of students. Most UW Bothell student choose one of the following options:
UW Faculty Led Programs
One- to two-week opportunities that are part of a UW course or a special program.
"The architecture, the art, the music, is all so different from our own. We visited several temples where we saw ancient works of art that were carefully crafted to meet the needs of the people living there. For example, at one of the palaces we went to, the architecture was built to ensure that the emperor would not over-heat in the hot weather (since this was before air conditoning existed). Not only is the architecture constructed with meaning and purpose, it is also visually attractive. We were also able to attend a concert while at Zorba the Buddha and it was such an amazing experience. It was not rehearsed, yet it worked together so perfectly. They even encouraged people from the audience to pick up an instrument and join in. They were dancing and clearly having fun, it was infectious!." -Angela Wirig, Gender, Culture and Human Rights in New Dheli, India 2015
Three- to four-week trips led by UW faculty during the gap period between Summer Term B and Autumn Quarter.
Summer or quarter long programs, mostly taught in English, led by UW faculty. Dates correspond with UW term dates.
"I also got the opportunity to meet a number of people on the island through my 24 hour homestay with a family in the village of Malem. I was excited to learn that the father of my homestay family was an environmental scientist, and so it was very easy for us to become acquainted and build good conversation. However, the majority of my time was spent with his children and their cousins, who were so excited to have us stay. They showed us all of their favorite spots to play, as well as games that they enjoy and they even attempted to teach us how to speak Kosraen"-Ashley Baker, Socio-Enviromental Studies in Ecuador, 2013
Term-long programs, usually on the semester system, organized by other universities, study abroad providers, or foreign language schools.
Example: Community Psychology student Sarah Reeves is spending Spring Semester 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on a program run by SIT Study Abroad, focusing on Tibetan and Himalayan people. In addition to interdisciplinary coursework covering the history, politics and religion of the region, she will be learning Tibetan.
UW students attend regular classes at one of over 70 partner institutions abroad. Instruction is generally in the host country language. Most partners are on the semester system.
Example: Chelsea Boren, a Global Studies major, spent her junior year in Paris, France, studying at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
A great option for students who want to integrate academic credit with employment and development of professional skills.
Example: IE3 offers internships in a variety of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and private companies.
Browse the Getting Started section of the International Programs and Exchanges website to read more about the various types of study abroad programs available.